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"Conflicting Impulses."  MNB Content Guy Kevin Coupe reflects on how at the same time we endeavor to practice social responsible physical distancing, it seems antithetical to our basic human desire to connect.  It is weird, he says...but maybe we just have to get used to weird for awhile.  (Which sounds about right for a guy who sees Portland, Oregon as a kind of spiritual home.)  But people will always find ways to connect, which was what happened last Friday night when several dozen folks gathered online for an MNB Virtual Happy Hour.  (Pictures below.)

Lots of great drink selections … mine was the 2015 Roads End Pinot Noir from Carlton Cellars in Oregon's Willamette Valley … owned and run by some of my favorite people, making one of my favorite pinots.  Hard to get if you're not in Oregon, but worth checking out here.

A good time seemed to be had by all … and there will be another one on Friday, May 8, timed later in the day so that more west coast folks can join in (and enjoy a libation while doing so).

Stay tuned for details.